Sarah Koenig-Plonskier

Sarah K.

Brooklyn, NY
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Sarah and I am a violinist and violin teacher with both a Bachelors and Masters from The Juilliard School. My studio includes students of all levels, ranging from 4-45 years old.

I teach a Suzuki based method for beginners which include games, songs, and a strong technical foundation. While learning how to play and sing the rhythms and notes by ear, students also learn to read and write music notes and rhythms by writing, reading, and dancing their own compositions.

My intermediate and advanced students learn a combination of the Russian/Delay methods, both of which I have taught and spent the last 25 years crafting into my own technique and teaching philosophy.

Additionally, I encourage my students to meet, learn, and play with other young musicians. My students can be heard throughout the Interschool Orchestras of New York.
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About

Sarah passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2007

As an active soloist and orchestral musician, Sarah has performed with orchestras such as the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Brockton Philharmonic, and such esteemed ensembles as New York Classical Players, the Poisson Rouge Ensemble, Shattered Glass, and The Moirae Ensemble. She was recently named Laureate of The Mozarteum Summerakademie for her performance of Lera Auerbach's T'filah.

Sarah began her solo career in 2005 with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since enjoyed performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Brockton Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and frequent appearances with the Lowell and Waltham Philharmonic Orchestras.

As an orchestral musician, Sarah was Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as a member of Axiom Ensemble and The New Juilliard Ensemble. With her ensembles, she has worked with innovative composers such as Steve Reich, John Adams, and Richard Danielpour. Sarah has been invited to perform at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and many other concert venues in the New York Tri-State and New England areas.


Sarah is the violinist for The Moirae Ensemble, with whom she joined in 2013. She has since performed solo and collaborative recitals with the group in New York and Boston, featuring contemporary female composers. Sarah looks forward to returning with The Moirae Ensemble in the 2014-15 season and eagerly anticipates joining Barnard College's award winning concert series in the 2014-15 season.

Sarah also regularly performs and records with rock groups such as Jesse Malin, Pete Pigeon, Quentin Angus, Shsha, and her own bands, American Dream and Uzi & Ari, with whom she is releasing a much anticipated fifth album in 2015.

Sarah received her Bachelor and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Smirnoff and Glenn Dicterow.

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Experience

Violin Teacher
Nov 2014 - Present
St. Patrick's Academy

I teach a variety of beginner and intermediate violin to grades 3-8 in a group class setting during the academic year.

Guest Teaching Artist
Dec 2011 - Present
Opportunity Music Project

I teach master classes and perform with students in a Suzuki based setting.

Instrumental Music Program Teacher
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
The Juilliard School

I taught group beginner violin classes to 4th graders at a low income school.

Teaching Artist
Oct 2010 - Apr 2012
Artreach

With other Artreach teaching artists, I traveled to New Orleans to teach music to children ages 8-14.

Education

Master of Music in Violin
Sep 2010 - May 2012
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music in Violin
Sep 2006 - May 2010
The Juilliard School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Laureate
Aug 2014
Mozarteum Summerakademie
Concertmaster
Sep 2011
The Juilliard School

Photos & Videos

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Performing Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra

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Teaching a masterclass to high school instrumentalists t NOCCA, New Orleans

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Julie L. Dec 16, 2014
Violin · In home

Sarah is super sweet and patient with my beginner violinist. She is extremely encouraging. She finds creative ways to get my daughter to learn and practice. Lessons are full educational but fun. We are huge fans of Sarah's.

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